Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tips for organizing your bathroom storage from the experts



Optimize Your Bathroom Storage

Get expert storage tips for organizing your cabinets, drawers and linen closet.

HGRM-House-Counselor-BPF-dads-bath_s4x3 Design by Laurie March; photography by Daniel Collopy

Clutter can be controlled in the bathroom if there is adequate storage. An in-room linen closet can easily hold more than extra towels and beauty supplies if you take an inventory of what you want to store and plan accordingly.

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"Take out everything you don't use," says Rozalia Kiss, designer and sales manager at TransForm. She suggests labeling a specific shelf in the linen closet for each person who uses the bathroom and installing pullout shelves so users can access the contents in the back of the closet.
Bulky items like folded towels and stacks of toilet tissue will fit on the lower shelves. Smaller items like cotton balls and beauty supplies can fill baskets on shelves at eye level.

A two-tier lazy Susan, often relegated to kitchen cabinets, can be used in the bathroom linen closet to hold nail polish, small makeup bottles and creams.
A well-designed vanity outfitted with drawers rather than cabinets will hold more stuff. "Cabinets are cheaper but drawers are more efficient," says April Bettinger, owner and designer at Nip Tuck Remodeling. She suggests using a vanity with two sinks in both the master bath and the guest bathroom that often doubles as the main bath for other occupants of the house.

Stacks of drawers of varying depths will hold hair dryers, curling irons, electric shavers and electric toothbrushes neatly, keeping the countertop free of clutter. Installing acrylic dividers inside the drawers will keep smaller items like makeup, nail clippers and hair clips neatly organized.
But not all bathrooms are created equal. In a powder room, a place where storage is often minimal, you can make a style statement by installing a pedestal sink or a smaller vanity that does more than hide the plumbing pipes and hold a few cleaning supplies. Pedestal sinks do not generally work in a master bath or guest bath as they offer no storage.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dream a room in WHITE?

Most people would not even bother to design a room in white or beige or pale creamy yellow.  But there really are lots of advantages and if you are willing to play, it could be great.  If everything is neutral you can play really heavy hand with accessories......try a raspberry colored chair, a bright gold yellow wall, some wild pillows on the couch and a modern, cool and bright rug.  When you get bored you can move the accessories to the bedroom and start again.  You could decorate by the season or the holiday.  It is fun, it is transitional and it doesn't cost a fortune to be changing your mind!

These are some wild area rugs that you could use to pull things together.

Call me, we can design that fun room together!

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